Search results for: Portfolios
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This research explores evidence-based teaching portfolios as authentic and continuous professional development involving cross-sectoral and cross-contextual teacher collaboration. Qualitative data analysed from teachers with experience teaching at post-primary, in a national teacher support service, in higher education and in teacher education are discussed. The original claim this paper makes is that many process and practice outcomes elicited during the process of portfolio development are useful for teachers working together across sectors, and therefore valuable for teachers and learners, along and across the education continuum. Key findings indicate that a cross-sectoral group can create knowledge, which is personalised and contextualised to each teacher’s teaching philosophy, yet informed by practitioners from different sectors. The merging of a research design through dual structuring of collaborative workshops with individualised mentoring and self-study inquiry enabled meaningful dialogue and reflection among the teachers’ from varied settings. Finally, the creation of a personalised and contextualised written teaching portfolio, afforded the teachers evidence of their own professional learning during and following the research process. This collective and individualised learning informed realisations and plans for relational and pedagogical change among the cross-sectoral group.
Updated: Aug. 05, 2020
This paper presents a design for supporting theory–practice reflection in teacher practicums. This design is based on three design principles that promote a transformative stance towards the creation of novel pedagogical approaches: mutual transformation of theory and practice, co-design among supervising teachers, university lecturers and student teachers, and participating in the long-term development of pedagogical practices. The results show that the student teachers who participated in the thematic practicum used theory more frequently in their reflections. Moreover, their theory–practice connections were more robust than those made by student teachers who participated in the conventional practicum.
Updated: Jul. 09, 2017
Final Thesis Models in European Teacher Education and Their Orientation towards the Academy and the Teaching Profession
The present study concerns different final thesis models in the research on teacher education in Europe and their orientation towards the academy and the teaching profession. The author found that in scientific journals, 33 articles support the occurrence of three models: the portfolio model, with a mainly teaching-professional orientation; the thesis model, with a mainly academic orientation; and the action research model, related to both orientations. All models had some relationship with both orientations.
Updated: Dec. 06, 2016
Quality of Preservice Physics Teachers’ Reflections in Their Teaching Portfolios and Their Perceived Reflections: Do They Intersect?
This study focused on comparison between preservice physics teachers’ quality of reflections in their teaching portfolios and their perceived reflections. Findings demonstrated that preservice physics teachers were aware of how much they could reflect their teaching profession to their portfolios. The participants realized which products reflected them better and what else they could have put into their portfolios to be more reflective. Furthermore, the participants whose portfolios needed improvement to be more reflective knew that the instructor’s evaluation about their portfolios was in the same line.
Updated: Jul. 26, 2016
The purpose of this study was to investigate student interns’ perceptions of the e-portfolio process and what they learned as a result of this practice. The researchers gathered in-depth information from 224 students, who were required to create e-portfolios for their academic program during their final semester of the 2008–2009 academic year. Several themes emerged from this study: increased scope, timing, alignment with standards, guidance, opportunities to document growth, organize work according to standards, and type and frequency of feedback provided by faculty and other key personnel to students developing e-portfolios.
Updated: Aug. 02, 2015
The purpose of this article is to demonstrate the efficacy of using ePortfolios to enhance career skills for newly qualified teachers. Specifically, this paper focuses on a new area of ePortfolio-related research in teacher education; the transition from university into employment. The findings indicate a changing purpose of the ePortfolio from training to the workplace, an increasing strength of ownership as part of the transition, and empowerment in becoming a teacher. Secondary findings demonstrate an increasing acceptance amongst head teachers regarding the usefulness of the ePortfolio in pre-service teacher education and in the continuing professional development of qualified teachers.
Updated: Jan. 20, 2015
This article describes the development of a portfolio process based upon digital photographs taken to document the first teaching practicum of student teachers. This portfolio process was implemented solely for the purpose of enhancing learning through professional reflection. The authors argue that one of the strengths of portfolios is the potential for the inclusion of authentic evidence. However, viewed from this perspective the original portfolio process did not appear to be achieving the intended high level of authenticity. Furthermore, the portfolio process intended to promote self-reflection and the self-awareness that arose from genuine reflection. However, students’ selection justifications frequently appeared to be based upon the external judgement and feedback comments made by academic staff.
Updated: Nov. 10, 2014
This study explored the development of preservice chemistry teachers’ reflective skills as they were involved in web-based portfolio construction as part of their teaching practicum course. The authors proposed a set of reflection-based tasks to enrich preservice science teachers’ internship experiences.The findings showed that the participants demonstrated high- and low-level reflective skills in each reflection task. Moreover, the authors identified a statistically significant increase in the frequency of high-level indicators from the first to the second reflection task. In addition, the participants perceived the web-based portfolios as tools that allowed easy access and the development of better portfolio artifacts.
Updated: Mar. 05, 2014
Six preservice social studies teachers created electronic portfolios to examine techniques believed to promote active student engagement during a 12-week field experience. Results reveal that electronic portfolios evidence facilitated re-examination of teaching and formulation of improvement plans. However, competing time demands and limited technology familiarity influenced preservice teachers to rely on personal coaching.
Updated: Jul. 17, 2013
Results of this study identified evidence markers that characterize reflection in preservice teacher electronic portfoliosThe author describes how the school of education faculty members identified these markers. The author argues that being able to explicitly recognize and characterize the evidence which identifies reflection should assist instructors in teaching the skills of reflection and in making better use of electronic portfolios for promoting reflection among preservice teachers.
Updated: Jul. 17, 2013